‘It’s a miracle:’ Man, woman reconnect after 40 years and fall in love during the pandemic

Two next door neighbors fall in love 40+ years later

Man and woman reconnect and fall in love decades after growing up next door to each other
Man and woman reconnect and fall in love decades after growing up next door to each other

HOUSTON – In 1976, two Houstonian’s lives would change, but they wouldn’t know it until decades later.

Two next-door neighbors reconnected because of the pandemic. Now, they hope their story of love and divine timing will inspire others.

Mark Mitchell, 56, grew up at his parent’s home in Hedwig Village in the Memorial area.

In October of 1976, the Mitchell family had a new neighbor. The Grillo family moved in next door.

”I’ve always felt we had a rendezvous with destiny,” Mitchell said.

Next door would be a family with daughters, one of them, the oldest, was then 11-year-old Margarita Grillo who is now 55-years-old.

“We moved next door in 1976 and his parents had a get-together at their house,” Grillo.

The two ended up together - smitten. Their love story, though, is very unique. The pair never dated until four decades later.